Originally Posted by Brian Stone
The author does not seem to be taking aim at the zone specifically as at low carbohydrate diets generally. I cannot disagree more; I think Michael Eades has done nothing short of an outstanding job on his blog and in his other writings of showing why the science does indeed back low-carb diets.
There is a big nutritional divide in the scientific community between fat-bad and carb-bad science. After looking into both quite a bit, I have to say I think the lower-carb dieters are onto something.
In short, though, to say that low carb diets have no science behind them is flat-out wrong.
It isn't a question of whether the best or healthiest diet should be high or low in any particular nutrient it's a question of determining what's appropriate for your needs. Focusing too much on macronutrient percentages or high this and low that instead of total calories and grams per day doesn't help as it just confuses matters and allows the authors of fad diet books to get away with making ridiculous claims based on little or no evidence.
Also when it comes to evaluating the writings of Eades, Sears, Atkins, Taubes or any of the other authors of popular diet books it's worth keeping in mind the concluding paragraph of Prof. Louise Burkes critique of The Zone Diet -
Tips for writing a best selling diet book
(from Hawley, J. and L. Burke. Peak Performance: training and nutrition strategies for sport, Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1998)
•Have impressive sounding qualifications in a medically related field.
•Be controversial. Slam the current world experts on health and nutrition, and the guidelines for healthy eating.
•Claim an amazing new scientific understanding. Fill pages with complicated biochemistry explained in simple language.
•Claim that your diet will cure all manner of diseases and health problems, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and aids. Prove this with case histories.
•Provide a complicated set of rules about foods that can't be eaten, or even worse, foods that can't be eaten at the same time.
•Have sports stars, film stars and political heavy weights follow and flourish on your diet - or at least be rumoured to.
•Best of all, promise that weight loss will occur while the dieter can eat as much as they like.